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April 2021

CIRTL Network Teaching-as-Research Presentations

April 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Hear graduate students and postdocs from across the CIRTL Network share the results of their Teaching-as-Research (TAR) projects in this online presentation session. TAR projects investigate questions about teaching and learning, including assessing the effectiveness of specific learning activities and tools, examining the learning process about a specific topic, or characterizing the student experience in the classroom. Sponsored by CIRTL REGISTER

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June 2021

Inclusive Teaching for a Diverse Student Population

June 9 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Presenters: Kelly Hogan (Dept. of Biology) and Viji Sathy (Dept. of Psychology and Neuroscience) Research shows that active learning techniques reduce achievement gaps between different demographic groups.  In this workshop, we will discuss important issues instructors must consider when trying to teach in a way that is inclusive for all students. With the support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Summer School, UNC’s Summer Institute on College Teaching is running a professional development workshop series this summer…

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A Day in an Active Learning Class

June 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Presenter: Colin Wallace (Dept. of Physics and Astronomy) You know active learning is more effective (and fun!) than traditional lecture-only instruction.  But how can you put multiple active learning strategies together to create a single, engaging 50-minute lesson?  In this workshop, you will experience, from a students’ perspective, a day in an active learning class, followed by a discussion of how the lesson was constructed.   With the support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Summer School, UNC’s…

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Backwards Design – The Key to Linking Goals, Teaching, and Assessment

June 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Presenter: Kelly Hogan (Dept. of Biology) Backwards design is perhaps the most important principle for designing a class.  It allows you to create learning goals, in-class activities, and assessments that are tightly linked and mutually reinforcing.  If you are designing a new class, redesigning a current class, or even just curious as to whether your class can benefit from a reimagining, then consider signing up for this workshop. With the support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the…

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Implementing Think-Pair-Share

June 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Presenter: Colin Wallace (Dept. of Physics and Astronomy) Think-pair-share is a powerful engagement strategy that combines questions posed by an instructor with simultaneous, whole-class, student-student discussions.  With the support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Summer School, UNC’s Summer Institute on College Teaching is running a professional development workshop series this summer for any faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who are interested in learning about the best practices for bringing active learning to their classrooms. Participants in…

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July 2021

Effectively Using In-Class Writing

July 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Presenters: Jennifer Larson (Dept. of English and Comparative Literature) and Courtney Rivard (Dept. of English and Comparative Literature) Writing is a critical form of communication in almost every discipline which is why many instructors require students to demonstrate their content mastery and critical thinking skills through writing.  But how do you get students to engage in meaningful writing activities during class time throughout the course of the semester?  If writing is a critical component of your teaching and assessment practices,…

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Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs)

July 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Presenters: Courtney Rivard (Dept. of English and Comparative Literature) and Kelly Hogan (Dept. of Biology) Do you want your students to engage in authentic research experiences while they are in your class? A research experience can expose students to the intellectual challenges of collecting and analyzing data.  It also gives them the opportunity to engage with the ideas and practices of your discipline.  Sign-up for this workshop to learn about the best practices for implementing CUREs in your class. With…

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Teaching Research with Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

July 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Presenter: Brian Hogan (Dept. of Chemistry) The ability to read and interpret a scholarly, peer-reviewed article is a key skill for many disciplines.  Yet many students struggle to develop this skill.  In this workshop, you will learn how to use authentic journal papers in your class and how to help students develop the ability to understanding their claims and findings.  With the support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Summer School, UNC’s Summer Institute on College Teaching…

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Assessing and Evaluating Your Teaching

July 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Presenter: Colin Wallace (Dept. of Physics and Astronomy) How do I know if I’m doing a good job teaching?  For many faculty, end-of-semester student evaluations are the only form of feedback they receive.  But there are alternatives.  In this workshop, we will learn about various research-supported ways of evaluating your teaching and documenting your growth as an instructor over time.  You will also learn how to provide effective feedback to a colleague about their teaching.   With the support of the…

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